[Justin Williams] Take an international electro-thrash icon, another highly rated international up-and-coming DJ, several of South Africa's most esteemed and notorious EDM (electronic dance music) artists, well over 2000 eager fans and put them all into a massive hangar. This was the tantalising recipe for Steve Aoki's memorable Thunder City leg of his South African tour.
[Justin Williams] What's better than sitting in a German beer hall and sipping authentic Bavarian ales to the sounds of a traditional oompah band? Well not much really, but this year's Cape Town Bierfest sparked our imaginations about what the experience could be like.
[Justin Williams] September has arrived, which means so has the season of outdoor trance parties. Finally! Alien Safari's annual outdoor season-starter event, Sprung, happened this weekend past and it was certainly a memorable beginning to what is shaping up to be a big summer of outdoor events.
[Justin Williams] Haezer's latest EP, "The Wrong Kid Died", is a giant step forward for the South African electronic music scene. Having been released on Steve Aoki's Dim Mak label, this will definitely start making overseas listeners appreciate more what our local artists are doing and take them to a global stage. I had the opportunity to listen to the new EP and here's what's inside:
[Justin Williams] Haezer is one of those artists whose talent just grows and grows. If you've listened to his music, or have seen him play live you will know that his high-energy, bass-heavy electro thrash leaves lasting memories - his set at Ramfest this year was one of those for me.
[Justin Williams] One night downstairs at Mercury I saw a live act performing, which left an impression on me. Not knowing their name and not knowing that it was their first gig, I remember hearing a genre I could not define. It sounded breakbeat and hip hop-like, but with psychedelic and soul influences - it blew me away.